Ocicum basilicum v. Elidia
Elidia basil is a more compact variety of the popular Genovese basil, making it perfect for growing in container gardens and windowsills. With large glossy leaves and a high resistance to plant diseases, Elidia possesses the classic basil aroma and flavour for a range of culinary applications.
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Basil contains chemicals which have been shown to repel insects. A pot of basil on the patio might be enough to keep those summer mosquitos at bay!
Pinch the growing tips when the plant is at least 15 cm (6 inches) tall. This will promote leaf growth and prevent the plant from growing too lanky; If your plant flowers, pinch the flowers off and use them as a garnish! Prefers rich and fertile soil with a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day; When planted alongside tomatoes, basil is said to improve their taste!
Begin harvesting when plant is between 15 cm to 20 cm (6 inches to 8 inches) tall (30 days after planting); To continually harvest, snip the stem just above the point where two large leaves meet; During harvest, make sure to leave at least 10 cm (4 inches) of stem from the base of the plant to allow for a repeat harvest.
Basil tea has historically been used in folk medicine to treat anxiety, depression, and digestive ailments.
Basil is rich source of vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
From salads to cocktails to desserts, basil can be used in a variety of culinary dishes!
GRILLED POTATO SALAD WITH CHILIES AND BASIL
BASIL CHIP ICE CREAM
PLUM CAPRESE SALAD
SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH BASIL SALT